Youngstown Mooney linebacker/running back Brandon Beachum didn't go through any of the testing at the Pitt Combine Saturday -- he just waited for the position drills to take place. So GoBlueWolverine had a chance to chat with him and his father.
Brandon told us, "I'm definitely interested in Michigan, but they haven't offered me yet."
Note: he does have offers from LSU, FSU, PSU, Oklahoma, and many others.
Beachum hasn't given up on a Wolverine offer yet, saying:
"I will probably camp there for a day."
And Brandon's dad Loch Beachum told us, "We were just back up at Michigan for a day. They again told us they love Brandon, but they haven't offered yet."
"We will get up there for the Michigan Camp for a day."
As far as a timetable, Mr. Beachum said:
"Brandon will name a final five by the end of June most likely."
"He cannot wait too long -- he is graduating in December."
Beachum measured 6-0 and 214 pounds on this day, but did not go through any testing.
In the position drills ... linebackers go one on one against running backs in 'running drills' where the ball is pitched to the back, and in one on one passing drills against running backs and tight ends. So, linebacker speed and lateral agility, as well as cover skills, are a premium -- and Beachum excelled in these drills. After starting his career as a defensive back (and having a great '06 Army Combine as a junior DB), he completely overmatched his opponents in these one one one drills. He took some snaps at running back as well.
Brandon isn't big for a linebacker, and not really a 'headhunter' type -- he's a pure WILL LB who could drop back into 3rd down coverage.
GoBlueWolverine note: Will Michigan end up offering him? We always hate trying to predict these things (and are not that good at doing so) ... but we thing Brandon will be a very good college player at a high level, whether at U-M or somewhere else.
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